2606 Tasting Notes

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drank Buttercream by DAVIDsTEA
2606 tasting notes

Not going to lie, I’ve been dying to try this one for a while, so when I found out Awkward Soul had some to swap…. !! So glad I managed to nab some! :D

This one smells pretty delicious both dry and steeped. Creamy and delicious. Steeped, it gets a peachy sort of aroma as well.

Ohhhhh goodness. This is super delicious. Tastes just. Like. Buttercream. But less cloying! Sweet, coconutty, creamy is what I’m getting, plus a flavour that reminds me of Dulce & Banana and must be the chamomile(?) Delicious creamy/caramelly/butterscotchy aftertaste. Ahhhhh, I wish this was still available!! Anyone have any spare Buttercream they want to be rid of???? :D

Thank you so incredibly much, Awkward Soul! At the very least, my curiousity has been satisfied and I can understand the hype about this blend! On the downside, I only get about 2 more cups of it, but I will live :) I feel like I should also compare this to Whisky White before it’s all gone… I have a strange feeling they may have similar flavours.

ETA: Re-steep is really yummy too. I do quite like this one, why is it gone :(

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

I got some Buttercream from Compass Teas Buttercream Frosting to be exact – they may be the same tea or similar. I will add a sample in with the trade we have been working on.

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

BOoooo, I didn’t know they took it off the website! I think it was last fall’s tea collection as I remember buying it with Pumpkin Chai. Happy you like it, the chamomile in it didn’t work with me. Smells amazing however.

Kittenna

Yeah, I have never seen it available for sale :( Really wish I could get some more. I’d love to try the tea from Compass, Azzrian, although one thing I’m pretty sure of is that DavidsTea isn’t one of those companies who sources their blends elsewhere! But there have been close matches before :) So here’s hoping!

Azzrian

Wait – did I ever send you any of this???
Are we working on a trade still? OMG I think I am losing MY mind now!
I know I am putting some things in Indigoblooms box – which I can do that with this one if I still have it. Do I? I dunno….. hold on…. Please tell me I already sent this to you because I believe I sent it on and it was not where I was keeping it (specific place so I know its gone.) GAH

Kittenna

Hahaha, actually when I ran across this post I thought the exact same thing! I have your box right here and will check…

Kittenna

Nope, I didn’t get it, but I did get two packages of Shang’s Sweet Leaf.

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77
drank Dancong Aria by Adagio Teas
2606 tasting notes

I’m glad the description for this one says ‘perfumey’, because I definitely got that when sniffing this tea dry, and even now as it is brewed, and thought it was perhaps contaminated. I now doubt it :) Anyhow, thanks to Awkward Soul for this tea! I haven’t tried any dancongs aside from one or two from Verdant, and was interested to taste one that required less care and attention.

Even at 5 minutes, this tea is pretty mild. I can taste the “woodiness” that I get from darker oolongs (enjoyable), and also some perfumey, peachy notes that I wouldn’t have expected. Not bad, but not as flavourful as I would like, and I have doubts that it could hold up to a second infusion. There’s a lingering peachy aftertaste though that is quite appealing :) I’ll have to brew my next cup a bit stronger to see if it’s better that way.

Thanks again, Awkward Soul!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Received my swap package from Awkward Soul today! (And feel terrible because I haven’t sent mine out yet :/)

Brewed up a few teas a while ago, although they’ve since gone cold. Still going to review them! I couldn’t believe that the instructions for this one said 203-212F water – this certainly looks like a green tea to me?! So I went with ~82C.

The aroma is kind of fruity-floral. Or juicy floral. Although it tastes a touch rosy to me, the juiciness is making it quite delicious, actually! There’s an interesting hint of smokiness hiding in here as well. I… actually rather like this one, although I’m suspicious that it’s not actually the tea it’s supposed to be. I’m not sure if I infused this for 2 or 3 minutes, but there is a bit of bitterness showing up. Not sure if it’s an oversteeping or overleafing problem though, could be the latter. I’m only tasting the green tea a little bit here, but it’s better than in some blends!

Anyhow, thanks for a sample of whatever this tea may be, Awkward Soul! It’s pretty delicious! (Looking more closely, I’m pretty sure this is not the right tea. I saw a Strawberry/Lychee one by ESP pop up on the sidebar; that one would make far more sense. I have to go check my packets to see if I messed up or something!)

Re-steep (2.5 min) was a bit bitter but alright. Should have stuck to 2 min. I don’t think a third infusion would be worthwhile.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

Oh crazy, when I got it I thought it was too leafy than i thought it was going to be, still tastes good. /shuffles through bag of lomilomi. I just found a raspberry in it, I don’t think that’s supposed to be in there. I’m thinking ESP screwed up /cry.

Kittenna

Yeah, there’s no way this is the right tea, since it contains what looks like sencha! I feel like I should move my review. Did any of your others teas from them look like the picture of this one?

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

nope, all the other teas in that order were sencha, black and rooibos, I didn’t get any herbals.

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Another tasty sample from Amanda! (I think I may have also received some of this from Jillian, but will drink that up later :) )

This one’s tasty :D Smells lemony, tastes lemon-limey. I’m not getting cheesecake (I rarely/never do), but the lemon-limeyness makes me pretty happy. I love finding a new flavoured honeybush for the evenings! I have been drinking a lot of honeybush lately, in trying to avoid late-night caffeine, so this is especially awesome. The only part I’m not a big fan of with this blend is that I am getting a sort of plasticky taste with it sometimes. It’s a little bothersome, but at its current level, not too difficult to overlook, so I can deal with it. I wish that flavour wasn’t there though :( Perhaps an age thing?

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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Another sample from Amanda! And another 52teas offering checked off the list! Excellent :D

Strangely, this one smells and tastes fairly nondescript. Just like honeybush, flavoured with a vaguely familiar, 52teas-esque flavouring. I can see the likening that Alphakitty makes to Cotton Candy, as it’s a characteristic flavour present in that tea as well, however I really can’t taste melon or blackberry. That said, I’m still really enjoying this tea. Ok – after gulping down a few sips, I can almost imagine tasting some blackberry, but it’s very hard to pick out.

So it seems I am no longer so sad that I missed out on the last packet of this, since to me it’s nothing spectacular, just a good honeybush blend as usual.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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Delicious cold-brewed. And very similar/the same as Mahamosa’s Cherry Kiwi Coconut Fruit.

Also, it’s funny how the ingredients listed don’t match up to what’s in the tea, because there are definitely cranberry pieces and apple in here… in fact, they’re obvious in the tea that’s pictured here! So why only cherries, kiwi, and coconut are listed, I have no idea.

Anyways, it’s good :D

One thing I’ve been noticing about Caraway’s teas though, is that I swear there’s extra sediment at the bottom of my cup when I’m drinking them. It could be fruit pieces or something, but it looks like sand, and I’m really worried that that’s what it is. I don’t remember seeing it in teas prior, but have experienced in more than once in the teas from Caraway (particularly the fruity ones). Anyone else?

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Raritea

There is a sand-like sediment on the bottom of my cup from the sample that you gave me. Quite odd…

Kittenna

Huh. I thought I was maybe dreaming that (and had totally forgotten to be honest, my apologies) – perhaps I should chuck the rest of the bag…

Raritea

No worries! I’m really glad that I got to try this! It’s interesting that you found this in other fruits blends of theirs as well. I wouldn’t even have noticed there was anything unless I had read your tasting note.

Kittenna

I think when I wrote this, I wasn’t sure if I had just been imagining things or not, and had meant to check. I had at least a couple Caraway blends since (not fruit ones though), and they were totally fine, like the White Ginger Peach, and… Strawberry Orchid? Bleh :(

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Cold-brewed overnight. Ahhh-mazing! Thanks so much Amanda for picking me up more of this!

Also…. a side-by-side cold-brew of this and Caraway’s Two Fruits & a Nut reveals that they are extremely similar, if not the exact same tea. So an alternate source has been found!!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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70
drank Prosperous Peach Oolong by Teavana
2606 tasting notes

Another sample from Amanda (thanks!), chosen mostly because it was near the top of my giant swap box when I was brewing things up this evening.

I can’t recall what temperature I brewed it at… maybe 188F?

Anyways, the aroma of this one is pretty weak, although I felt like I used a lot of tea. It is also rather difficult to distinguish – it smells a bit like a nondescript fruit-flavoured green, a bit genmaicha-y. The flavour is not at all what I would have expected – it’s rather cardboardy and maybe a slight bit fruity, although I am getting hints of oolong in the aftertaste. Very faint hints. I’d be hard-pressed to guess what this tea was by tasting it. I think I’m also getting a bit more peach in the aftertaste… but it’s showing up so late it’s nearly the after-aftertaste. I can understand why this one is so poorly rated, although I’m not finding it to be bad, just really, really lacking in flavour. And this is with ample leaf (at least 2 tsp if not more, in about 10 oz.) and a 4-minute infusion.

I think this was my first Teavana experience… didn’t leave a good impression! However, thanks for satisfying my curiousity, Amanda!

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Lime Deluxe by ESP Emporium
2606 tasting notes

I think this is what I brewed up tonight, courtesy of Amanda (but the box is downstairs…).

This is pretty good! The tea is creamy and a bit sweet, and tastes melony and a touch limey. Nothing like 52teas’ Lime Jello, but still lime. I’d probably give it a longer infusion next time for more flavour (it’s kind of watery), and because there isn’t any astringency or bitterness at this point. Promising flavour, though!

Thanks Amanda!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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72
drank SBT: Lime Jello by 52teas
2606 tasting notes

Since my huge package of tea from Amanda arrived today, I decided to try a bunch of things from this latest box (to kind of get a head start on it before taking it upstairs…!)

Picked this to try iced today. Brewed up in 2 cups of water and chilled it in the fridge. I’m drinking about a 1:1 mixture of it right now. I don’t think the teabags brew up quite as strong as I would like them to. Anyhow, it’s definitely limey, and I can taste a bit of the black base, but I’m almost getting a strange chloriney flavour with it. It’s a bit disconcerting. Kind of like smelling pool water. So this one’s definitely not my favourite, although for a lime lover who doesn’t smell chlorine, this is probably pretty tasty! Glad I only had Amanda pick up one of these for me though :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
CHAroma

I don’t get chlorine from this at all. It’s just yummy lime goodness!

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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